Resource | Report
USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food Reports (1996 reports)

The Food Plans represent a nutritious diet at four different cost levels. The nutritional bases of the Food Plans are the 1997-2005 Dietary Reference Intakes, 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and 2005 MyPyramid food intake recommendations. In addition to cost, differences among plans are in specific foods and quantities of foods. Another basis of the Food Plans is that all meals and snacks are prepared at home. For specific foods and quantities of foods in the Food Plans, see Thrifty Food Plan, 2006 (2007) and The Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food Plans, 2007 (2007). All four Food Plans are based on 2001-02 data and updated to current dollars by using the Consumer Price Index for specific food items.

Resource | Policy Memos
PL 104-193: Changes to Applications for Waivers in the Child Nutrition Programs

PL 104-193, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, was signed by the President on Aug. 22, 1996. Section 705(f) of that legislation made a number of changes to Section 12(1) of the National School Lunch Act which governs the waiver process in the Child Nutrition Programs. This memorandum identifies the changes made by PL 104-193 and provides guidance to be used in developing and submitting waiver requests to the Child Nutrition Division. 

Resource | Policy Memos
PL 104-193: Changes to Applications for Waivers in the Child Nutrition Programs

This memorandum identifies the changes made by PL 104-193 and provides guidance to be used in developing and submitting waiver requests to the Child Nutrition Division.

Resource | Policy Memos
Questions and Answers Concerning PL 104-193: Two-tier Reimbursement Structure for Family Day Care Homes (FDCHs) Participating in the Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Attached are answers to a series of questions which we have received concerning the new two-tiered reimbursement system mandated for FDCHs in the CACFP. All of these answers are based strictly on the provisions of the law; they do not address additional questions which we have received but will be unable to answer until after publication of the interim rule on this new reimbursement system.

Resource | Policy Memos
Letter to State Commissioners on Changes to Immigrants' Food Stamp Certification Requirements

Letter to State Commissioners on Changes to Immigrants' Food Stamp Certification Requirements.

Resource | Policy Memos
State Agency Public (Media) Release on behalf of Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Institutions

Recently, we were asked whether State agencies (SAs) are required to make public release announcements on behalf of their CACFP institutions. If the State is not required to do so, does the State have the option to publish an announcement for CACFP institutions in conjunction with other child nutrition programs, and if so, does this announcement relieve the institutions of their responsibility for releasing a public notification?

Resource | Grants
WIC Special Project Grants Evaluation Technical Assistance Guide

This guide is designed to assist Supplemental Nutrition Programs for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Farmers' Market and Nutrition (FMNP) state programs develop evaluation plans for their WIC Special Projects Grant applications. The guide provides background and tools to help state agency staff learn about evaluation, prepare for an evaluation, recruit and hire an evaluator, and develop an evaluation plan for submission to the Food and Consumer Service (FCS) as part of their WIC Special Project Grant application.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Evaluation of Food Retailer Compliance Management Demonstrations in EBT-Ready States and Related Initiatives: Summary of Study of State Law Enforcement Agreements

The report is based on a telephone survey of all States with SLEB agreements and case studies of 6 States with noteworthy levels of SLEB agreement-generated activity.

Resource | Policy Memos
Letter to State Commissioners on Implementing Welfare Reform in the Food Stamp Program

This letter describes the new statutory requirements for State agency implementation of the Food Stamp Program (FSP) provisions of PL 104-193, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, signed by the President on Aug. 22, 1996. We are also providing information regarding proposed and interim rules the Food and Consumer Service (FCS) will publish and guidance relating to the Simplified Program option, FCS waiver authority, and quality control. Additional information regarding implementation of the provisions affecting noncitizens will be provided separately.

Resource | Policy Memos
Letter to State Commissioners on Implementing Welfare Reform in the Food Stamp Program

This letter describes the new statutory requirements for State agency implementation of the Food Stamp Program (FSP) provisions of PL 104-193, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, signed by the President on Aug. 22, 1996. We are also providing information regarding proposed and interim rules the Food and Consumer Service (FCS) will publish and guidance relating to the Simplified Program option, FCS waiver authority, and quality control. Additional information regarding implementation of the provisions affecting noncitizens will be provided separately.